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What are some good movies about reincarnation or Hinduism?

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  1. Reincarnation (2005)///BIRTH2004Do you have a choice regarding what happens after you die? Is reincarnation real? Is there life after death?
    The Bible does not even mention the concept of reincarnation. The Bible tells us that we die once and then face judgment (Heb 9:27). Scripture never mentions people having a second chance at life, or coming back as different people. Jesus lovingly informed the criminal on the cross, “Today you will be with me in Paradise!” (Luke 23:43), not “You will have another chance to live a life on this earth.” Matthew 25:46 specifically tells us that believers go on to eternal life. Reincarnation has been a popular eastern religious belief for thousands of years, but not supported by any biblical stretch of God’s complete divine plan for human kind.
    In the stark cold of winter “Birth” opens with a dreamy and beautiful view of a man running for exercise along a lone snow covered track in a park. As he finishes his trek, he is seen stopping under a bridge to rest, but then stumbles to the ground and collapses. Unmistakably this poor man has died. In contrast a baby is seen being born as the scene fades out.
    Cutting to ten years after, a woman kneels before a gravestone on yet another snowy day. She has made her goodbyes to this loved one, and the feeling is she is finally ready to go on with her life. Next we gather at an engagement party at an upscale apartment building in the city. As the characters come together Joseph (a cold, self-absorbed Danny Huston) lifts his glass to announce that after ten years of loving petition, Anna (Nicole Kidman again showing another side to her never ending talent) has finally said “yes” to marriage. A May wedding is in their plans.
    Anna’s mother Eleanor (as ever Lauren Bacall exudes strength and an upper crust elegance) soon after the engagement celebration has a birthday party in her honor and an uninvited guest appears. Ten year old Sean (Cameron Bright from “Godsend”) gloomily states Anna cannot marry Joseph and when questioned as to why, he eerily proclaims he is Anna’s dead husband by the same name. A hurt and irritated Anna sends Sean home instructing him never to contact her again.
    Sean hangs out with Jimmy, the doorman at Anna’s apartment building, and it just so happens his Dad (Ted Levine) is a tutor to a family who lives there also. After receiving a note from Sean and enduring many attempts by this poor lost boy to see her, Anna confronts Sean and his Dad who implores Sean to tell Anna he is sorry and will never trouble her again. Sean insists he can’t do that. He is obviously compelled by some unknown power to be with her. As Anna walks away, Sean collapses in his father’s arms, the sight of which disturbs Anna while haunted memories of her dead husband gradually resurface. It is made apparent that she loved her husband Sean deeply, and still does even after ten long years.
    Anna finally begins to come to the unbelievable conclusion that this Sean is in fact the reincarnation of her deceased husband when the boy knows the “special place” to meet in the park and is subjected to a battery of personal questions to which the answers could only be known by the dead Sean, Anna, and family members. Sean has uncanny knowledge of the most private aspects of their life. Eventually Sean’s presence eats so badly at Joseph that he blows up, practically kills this little boy (to the complete shock of all those present) and leaves Anna to her folly.
    This was a great start and stirs up lots of tension within the plot. Though the acting is intelligent at best and lack luster at worst, it is unfortunate from this point “Birth” loses momentum and is bogged down with painful attempts at some sort of thought-provoking answers to reincarnation and/or life after death.
    As the film progresses, we are introduced to many disturbing themes. Clara (a very menacing Anne Heche) is revealed as the deceased Sean’s lover, and when the boy Sean doesn’t even remember her, he comes to the tortured conclusion that he isn’t Anna’s reincarnated husband after all. I suppose to the staunch advocate for reincarnation this makes no sense. Is he after all the reincarnated “Sean” or is this strange boy really a crazy kid who just happens to know everything secret about Anna’s life with her first husband? In the meantime, little Sean and Anna tenderly “kiss,” Sean gets into the bath with Anna, as well as in her bed (this just about borders on child pornography in a subdued respect) and eventually Anna comes up with the inspired idea that all they have to do is wait until Sean is 21, then they can get married and live happily-ever-after. Sean’s Mom (Cara Seymour) is convinced that Sean is under a spell and allows her son to stay with Anna to “break the spell,” as if that’s what any responsible mother would do.
    After telling Anna he is a “liar” and knowing he has hurt her beyond repair, a very confused Sean runs away from home. Anna wanting a “…good life

  2. You may not believe this, but as I was watching that old movie Groundhog Day, with Bill Murray, for the third time I suddenly realized that it is a movie about reincarnation.
    Notice how at first he is horrified to discover that he is caught in the cycle of rebirth. Every morning he faces the pain of knowing he will return again and again into a world that is full of self-doubt, the pain of loss, and the folly of human ambition.
    Then, at one point is “born again” into a morning when he realizes that he can use the knowledge he has gained from his repeated “incarnations” to his own advantage. He begins to manipulate others around him and events almost as if a god himself. but at last even this becomes empty for him.
    In his last “incarnation” he comes to see that he can use his knowledge to actually help others and ease their suffering, for their sake, out of his compassion for them, and not for his own reward.
    After that, when he awakens again he finds that he has been release from the “cycle of rebirth” and is free. He has learned the “Law of interdependence” that we all must learn to be truly self-less (rather than self-ish) to truly help one another reach enlightenment and freedom from the world of desire and longing.
    No really. Watch the movie and see if all these things are not true. (I could go on about the symbolism of the Groundhog itself, why that particular day, but it would take longer.)


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